Emile M. Cioran

Emile M. Cioran

Emil Cioran (8 April 1911 – 20 June 1995) was a Romanian philosopher and essayist, who published works in both Romanian and French. His work has been noted for its pervasive philosophical pessimism, and frequently engaged with issues of suffering, decay, and nihilism. 

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Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.

There is no means of proving it is preferable to be than not to be.

If we could see ourselves as others see us we would vanish on the spot.

Ennui is the echo in us of time tearing itself apart.

The task of the solitary man is to be even more solitary.

Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.

One does not inhabit a country, one inhabits a language. That is our country our fatherland - and no other.

By all evidence we are in the world to do nothing.

For you who no longer posses it freedom is everything for us who do it is merely an illusion.

When we cannot be delivered from ourselves we delight in devouring ourselves.

Glory - once achieved what is it worth?

The limit of every pain is an even greater pain.

Imaginary pains are by far the most real we suffer since we feel a constant need for them and invent them because there is no way of doing without them.

Sperm is a bandit in its pure state.

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned chaos is being yourself.

Great persecutors are recruited among martyrs whose heads haven't been cut off.

Every thought derives from a thwarted sensation.

A marvel that has nothing to offer democracy is at once a nation's paradise and its tomb.

Each concession we make is accompanied by an inner diminution of which we are not immediately conscious.

What does the future that half of time matter to the man who is infatuated with eternity?

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